As disappointing as last season ended for the New York Giants, just as much promise could be said exists for the team coming up next year.
Once the draft is over and done with and New York finally wraps up its unusually noisy offseason, few could argue that the Giants would be too far removed from any playoff or Super Bowl contending conversations.
But the Giants messed up pretty badly in 2012, and there is a lot in the cards that says 2013 could repeated pretty easily.
The 2012 team was unfortunately another situation of a Super Bowl hangover. New York has been historically bad in seasons following Super Bowl wins, returning to the playoffs just once in 2008 after a 12-4 campaign (followed by a Divisional Round home loss to the Philadelphia Eagles).
Two seasons removed from a championship run is, however, no excuse for the team, historically speaking at least. For Giants fans, it can only be hoped that they will recover from whatever was keeping them hungover this past season and work out the kinks for another deep run.
But again, before any deep run comes actually getting back to the playoffs, for which the Giants will need to address five key areas in 2013 to make a possible New York redemption a reality.